The History of St James's Services and Music

Services
 

As different vicars came and went various changes were made to the pattern of church services.  

The History of St James's Services

There have been many changes and developments in all the different church services through the years. Have a look at St James's Church Services through the years which shows what happened from when records began up until 2017. Also have a look at St James's Day through the years.

There have been designated children's services since the earliest days as maintaining children's interest has always been important to St James's. Have a look at Family Worship through the years which shows what happened from when records began up until 2017.

The links above show what happened from when records began up until 2017. The Annual Parochial Church Meeting Reports show the latest reports from most teams and groups.
 

Services Services Services

Together at Eleven

Parish Communion

All Age Service


The History of St James's Music 

The first organists remained in their posts for many years and new ones were chosen from many applicants, unlike today when churches struggle to find an organist. Have a look at Organists/Choirmasters through the years which shows what happened from when records began up until 2017.

• Mark Blackwell, organist and choir master for three years, retired in April 2018. As a result locum organists were employed and Martin Hinckley, a choir member, again took over liaising with them and directing the choir.
• After ten months Thom Stanbury was appointed organist/choirmaster. 

The organ, originally built by Bishop for St Peter’s, Eaton Square in the 1830s, was bought for £150 by Revd Fitz Wygram in 1874. Have a look at The Organ through the years which shows what happened from when records began up until 2017.

The summer of 1886 saw the first choir treat for the men, an excursion to Portsmouth. "This was to show the parish’s appreciation of all the voluntary work that they did in uplifting the services." Have a look at St James's Choir through the years which shows what happened from when records began up until 2017.

St James's Players started life as the 'Travellers’, a group of about half a dozen adult musicians and singers, in 1987. It accompanied the Sunday evening 'Prayer ‘n Praise' services and later started to accompany the All Age Service on the first Sunday of the month. Have a look at St James's Players through the years which shows what happened from when records began up until 2017.

Recitals and concerts have been held in the church, probably since Revd Fitz Wygram was vicar, performed by different local community groups. Have a look at Concerts & Recitals through the years which shows what happened from when records began up until 2017.

The links above show what happened from when records began up until 2017. The Annual Parochial Church Meeting Reports show the latest reports from most teams and groups.

 

Music Painted lilies Music

St James's Players

Organ pipes

The Choir